ROMAN CANDLESTICK GLASS UNGUENTARIUM

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Measurements: 19 cm-height

 

Description: An elegant Ancient Roman candlestick pale blue glass unguentarium, featuring a short globular body sitting on a concave base, a long cylindrical neck and a wide, flaring rim. The glass displays a beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence to the neck and body.

 

Unguentaria contained perfume and oil, considered precious during the Roman Empire and often used both in private life and public ceremonies. Candlestick unguentaria are among the most popular glass shapes recovered across the Roman Empire, especially used in funerary and burial rituals, hence their frequent occurrence in archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.

 

Period: Circa 1st- 3rd Century AD

 

Condition: Fine, complete and intact with iridescence and earthly encrustations to the surface.

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